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The web-based training programme, designed to assist teachers in their delivery of the Literacy 1-2-3 materials, is about 95 per cent complete and is on target to be fully ready for implementation in the new school term in September.
Speaking with JIS News, Manager of the Primary Education Support Project (PESP), Jean Hastings explained that the programme is one of the strategies being employed by the Ministry of Education for the Literacy 1-2-3 initiative, which focuses on the development and implementation of the literacy programme at Grades 1 to 3 at the Primary level.
“We are about 95 per cent complete with this development…it’s not on the website yet, but will be there in time for September 2008 and the web- based programme is only for support in the delivery of Literacy 1-2-3,” she told JIS News.
According to Ms. Hastings, the teachers would get the opportunity to learn independently based on the materials provided on the web.
“We came up with the idea of having the web-based training programme based on the whole concept of an instructional system design where you have face-to-face [communication] but you also have web-based training where the teachers really learn independently through resources available on the web,” she informed.
As a result, the web-based training programme is specifically geared to better equip grades 1-3 teachers with all aspects of the Literacy 1-2-3 initiative.
“The programme was designed to take the teachers through the various areas of Literacy 1-2-3. First, there is the model which defines what the programme is, then the refresher course (provided through a Companion Manual) on areas related to literacy and language arts that they may need to strengthen how they deliver to the children,” the PESP Manager explained.
She also noted that samples of the materials and how they should be used to deliver the lessons effectively, are provided within relevant sections from the teacher’s guides.
According to Ms. Hastings, another major feature of the web-based programme is that it is interactive.
“There is a provision on the web-based training programme for reflections, that’s the teacher looking back on what they have done, so it can be improved and then for them to get support where needed. So, we have a screen that is set up for communication (by way of a blog) that allows teachers to feed questions to their respective Regional Literacy Co-ordinator,” she explained.
For the programme, being developed by the PESP, Ms. Hastings is the designer; Dolsie Townsend, Literacy Materials Development Officer provides the content, and Don Clayton provides technology support. When completed, the programme will be hosted on the Education Ministry’s website at www.moe.gov.jm.

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